manuel arturo abreu: Beneath the music from a farther room - closing performance
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm
manuel arturo abreu: Beneath the music from a farther room - closing performance

The AB Lobby Gallery presents a solo show of new work by manuel arturo abreu featuring sculpture, printed matter, and video work exploring the musicality of abstraction and the veil of language.

Beneath the music from a farther room
manuel arturo abreu

On view May 6-24, 2019

Opening Reception: May 9, 5:00-7:30pm
Closing Performance: May 23, 12-1pm

AB Lobby Gallery
Art Building, 1st floor
2000 SW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97202


Some say all suicides go to heaven
if you sit long you can hear them
random pangs as they purify themselves

some ancestral affect cycles are incomplete:
A song built with natural light
the sound conducted through bone
Negative harmony, the vast roots underfoot

The light of transfiguration on the mount, perceived by unbelievers, will be seen as the fires of hell. And what of its shadow?

Words articulate space, rooted in melody
tin ear coritos and handing out tracts
Se burlan de nosotros
Winnowed by undulations in the firmament
angels sprinkle moon lung dust on the world

Liborio te brinda un vaso de agua
A glass of water which is in fact an oak tree
Liborio nwa mwelto ná


manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991) is a Dominican poet and conceptual artist from the Bronx. Currently living/working in a garage in southeast Portland, they use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent projects and discourse at MoMA and MoMA PS1 (New York), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Yaby project space (Madrid), Veronica project space (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and locally in Portland at Yale Union, PICA, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, and more. They wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender) and one book of critical art writing, the 2019 Oregon Book Awards creative nonfiction finalist Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press). abreu composes club-feasible worship music, crunchy ambient, and small room house as Tabor Dark. They also co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland, OR in its fourth year of curriculum, with support from the Precipice Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Allie Furlotti / the Calligram Foundation, a Rhizome Net Art microgrant, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Yale Union.

This event is sponsored in part by the James DePreist Fellowship provided by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, the PSU MFA Studio Program and the PSU Artists of Color Collective.